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Dear Remsen Community,
This summer has been a remarkable experience. The level of teamwork, collaboration and support to develop and carry out Remsen Central School’s Reopening Plan for our students and staff has been amazing. We may still be in the midst of a pandemic, but we can certainly be grateful for our wonderful school community and for everyone that has gone above and beyond to safely prepare RCS for the new school year.
Parents, guardians, students and community members: thank you for sharing your questions, ideas and concerns, and for participating in our forums as we worked to build our plan. Your input definitely made a difference.
It is also important to recognize the hard work of our team members over the summer. Mr. Roberts and the custodial/grounds team have done a tremendous job balancing all of their routine summer cleaning and maintenance items with moving furniture and equipment, installing sanitizing equipment throughout the buildings, moving tables and desks, and relocating classrooms. Mr. DeGrace and our transportation team have been preparing for the new school year, working to coordinate bus runs with student group lists, hybrid schedules and parent transports. Our BOCES food service team is getting ready to serve our students breakfast and lunch. All of our administrative assistants continue to do a fantastic job working behind the scenes. Mrs. Harper in the CSE office has been working day and night to coordinate new schedules with IEP’s, prioritized instruction and students’ needs. Our teaching and counseling staff are preparing for multiple methods of teaching and learning. Both building principals and our business administrator have worked endless hours to plan and prepare for a safe reopening. And last, but certainly not least, high fives to both of our school nurses for their knowledge, input and assistance. They are to be commended for the work they have done so far and for the challenges they will be faced with during the pandemic.
For the large majority of children, there is no substitute for in-person learning, in-person support, in-person growth and in-person understanding. However, during this pandemic we must balance those needs with the health and safety pandemic guidelines to ensure that we are keeping students, staff, families and community members as safe and healthy as possible. Thank you for your help and assistance as we return to school during the pandemic. It will be essential for our entire community to continue to work together. Educating and reminding our children of the safety protocols that we all must follow while leading by example will be paramount for a successful, safe, reopening of school.
Please be sure to screen your child each morning before leaving the house, ensuring that they pass the four question COVID-19 screening questionnaire and that they do not present with a fever of 100 or greater. In addition, RCS staff will be taking temperatures before students enter buses or school when being dropped off, as an added layer of safety.
As we are ready to start out a new school year together, like no one has ever had to do before, know that we will continue to keep you updated with important information. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns or feedback at any time throughout the year. We value your input.
Now, let’s get excited for a new school year and the opportunity to have students back in our buildings! Regardless of the mode of instruction we must learn and teach under, we will do what it takes to ensure that Remsen Central School continues to Soar to Success.
Our Remsen community is strong. Together, we can get through anything. It is an honor and a privilege to be your Superintendent. Here’s to a great school year ahead.